• Special Education Services (CPSE)

    The Tonawanda City School District is committed to providing all students with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible.  In order to meet the needs of our student's with disabilities, students at risk or students needing intervention supports, the district offers alternative programs, supplementary aids and special education services.

    Special Education services and programs are availvable for students of prechool age (3 to 5 years old) and mainly consist of related service supports (speech, Occupational and/or Physical Therapies, Special Education Itinerant Teaching Services ) and specifically designed instruction for students (ages 3-5 years) who are identified by the district committee on Preschool Education (CPSE).
    Preschool eligible students are identified as being age 2.5 years old up to 5 years old (students must not be 5 years old prior to December 1st).  The evaluation process consists of comprehensive evaluations in the following areas:
    • Cognitive development
    • Social Emotional Domain areas
    • Motor Skills: Fine and Gross motor skill areas
    • Hearing Screening (if warranted)
    • Language: Expressive, Receptive, Articulation domain areas
    • Activities of Daily Living
    • Other areas as deemed necessary during the evaluation process
    Additional documents are necessary to begin the evaluation process:
    • Child's Birth Certificate
    • Child's Social Security Card
    • Copy of Immunization records
    • Photo Identification of Parent/Guardian
    • Proof of Erie County Residency
    If you suspect your child of preschool age may be in need of evaluation services, please contact the Pupil Personnel Services office directly to secure evlauations.  Email or fax requests cannot be honored.  To arrange an appointment to register and secure an evaluation, contact the PPS Office at 716-213-4799.      
  • Referral

    To make a referral to Special Education for your son/daughter:

    Write a letter (not an email) to:
    Special Education Office
    100 Hinds Street
    Tonawanda, NY 14150

    The letter should include: 

    1. Your address
    2. Date
    3. Your child's name
    4. An explanation of the difficulties your child is experiencing that are leading to a referral
    5. Your signature

    Commissioner's Regulations
    The CSE process is operated in accordance to the Commissioner's Part 200/201 regulations. 

    Child Find Notice
    As part of the Child Find obligation, part 200 Regulations, the Tonawanda City School District is seeking information from parents regarding their children’s learning. If you believe your child is not learning at the same rate as his/her peers and you suspect it is due to a disability, please contact the office of the Director of Pupil Personnel at 716-694-7684.